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VOTIVE CANDLES

Candles burned before some statue or shrine to give honor to Our Lord, Our Lady, or one of the saints. The word "votive" goes back to the ancient custom of lighting candles in fulfillment of some private vow (votum).

All items in this dictionary are from Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary, © Eternal Life. Used with permission.

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